State Librarian, Bernard M. Margolis, and Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Jeffrey W. Cannell, were the first to testify at a public hearing conducted by the New York State Assembly Committee on Libraries and Educational Technology. Library leaders from across the state gathered to discuss the impact of current state funding on libraries in New York State. This hearing served as a continuation of the conversation from last year’s Assembly Hearing on library funding.
A new publication entitled Public Libraries Informational Brief: Impact of Public Libraries on Students and Lifelong Learners demonstrates the importance of public libraries for all New Yorkers: “Public libraries serve as cornerstones for communities across New York State for accessing information and technology, developing digital literacy skills, and providing numerous support services to students, families, and communities. For generations, public libraries have offered critical services to address the needs of all learners.”